Evaluation Services

3470902-genuine-smilesThe Center’s Program Evaluation arm draws on the expertise of more than 80 highly trained researchers and staff to identify, implement, and evaluate programs that can positively affect the lives of children and families.  Where necessary, the world-class faculty of Duke University are available to assist in the Center’s program evaluation activities.

Since its inception in 1999, the Center has evaluated large randomized trials, longitudinal studies that track children’s development, and web-based survey studies. We have worked with federal granting agencies, state government agencies, public school systems, and community organizations. Center staff can assist with:

  • Developing and implementing evidence-based interventions
  • Acquiring consent from large samples of youth and parents
  • Tracking participants longitudinally to assess change over time
  • Conducting focus groups and other qualitative evaluation research strategies
  • Developing web-based data collection systems
  • Developing surveys and other measurement instruments, and,
  • Managing and analyzing large and complex data sets.

Center staff can also help with:

  • Identifying potential funding sources
  • Grant writing
  • Identifying model programs and promising practices
  • Training in program implementation strategies and data collection methods
  • Developing monitoring systems to measure program performance
  • Strategic consultation on evidence-based program development and supervision
  • Evaluation of services to document program effectiveness
  • Data analysis, report writing, and presentation development

In all our activities, we aim to provide solutions that combine rigorous scientific methodology with a practical approach for getting work done in community settings.  Please feel free to call on us to discuss your organization’s program evaluation needs.

Organizations we have worked with include:

  • America’s Promise Alliance
  • Alamance County Department of Social Services
  • Durham County Government
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Larry King Center
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • National Institutes of Health
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
  • Duke Endowment
  • Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc.